LOS ANGELES -- Through their first 81 games, including Wednesday, the Reds have used only their original five starting pitchers in 2012 -- Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the Reds' longest streak to begin a season with only five starters since the 1898 team made every start through its first 147 games with Still Bill Hill, Pink Hawley, Frank Dwyer, Bill Dammann and Ted Breitenstein. The club's modern record was 79 games in 1992.
"It says something about them, how've they taken care of themselves and the fact that they're younger," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of his rotation. "They're more experienced than most at their age. They train hard. Our medical staff and fitness people hopefully have found a formula on each one's workload -- training-wise, fitness-wise and how we've tried to use them. You can tell lately that it's the time of year where we can stretch them out a little more."